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Call To Action: Help pass new D.C. Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

From: Ray L.
Sent on: Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:11 PM
Hello Members,

One of the core goals of our organization is to make our community, the DC Metro Area, slavery free. Such an audacious goal must be marked by many milestones and collaborations. We helped achieve such a milestone in February when we collaborated with other organizations to help pass the first anti-trafficking law in Virginia. Our Virginia members called their representatives and the representatives came back and said "we heard your voices". Now we must turn our attention to DC to help achieve another important milestone and we have a momentous opportunity on Friday, June 19th to help make history.

With DC ranked as one of the top ten destinations for human traffickers in the US, DC Council Members are poised to take action. On Friday, June 19 at 12:00 PM, the DC Council Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary will hold a public hearing on a new comprehensive anti-human-trafficking bill. The proposed legislation would accomplish the following:
  • Make human trafficking a criminal act, covering both labor and sex trafficking;
  • Provide crucial assistance to victims by giving victims access to (i) a victim advocate to develop a safety plan and (ii) Crime Victims? Compensation;
  • Allow civil cases to be brought by a victim against his/her trafficker.
  • Mandate that the District publish statistical data on trafficking to provide vital information to the public and the authorities; and
  • Criminalize the possession of child pornography.

This is a crucial and historical piece of legislation, but in order for it to pass your participation is needed!

Here are the ways you can take action:
  • Attend the public hearing in person
  • Provide written testimony directly to the DC Council about why the proposed legislation is needed; or
  • Provide oral testimony at the hearing. You don?t have to be an expert to testify, all you need to do is stand up and state your support. We will have an optional meeting and phone conference on Tuesday (6/16) to answer questions and help you prepare.
  • If you are not able to get involved in any of the above ways, you can contribute by sending us comments. We will make sure you voice is heard at the hearing.

In moments like this, it is absolutely critical that the voices of the community are heard. If you are not able to testify, please consider attending.

Remember, there is enormous power when we stand up together! Let's make our voices heard and presence felt!


1) If you want to attend the hearing:
To RSVP, please fill out the box on the right side of this page:
When: Friday June 19th. We will meet as a group at 11:45 am in the park directly across Pennsylvania Ave from the Wilson Building. The hearing starts at 12:00 pm.
Where: Wilson Building, Hearing Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Federal Triangle Metro). Intersection of 14th St NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW.

2) If you want to provide a written testimony directly to the DC Council:
Send your written comments in support of this bill to Ms. Lisa Abrams at [address removed]. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 3, 2009.
For more information and points you may want to include, please see the background info section below.

3) If you want to testify at the hearing:
You have two options:
Option A) Email me directly at [address removed] no later than Tuesday (6/16). Please include your name, address, and phone number. We will set up a meeting and phone conference to answer questions and help you prepare.
Option B) Email Ms. Lisa Abrams at [address removed] no later than Wednesday, June 17 to let her know that you would like to testify on Bill 18-70, the "Prohibition Against Human Trafficking Act of 2009". Please include your name, address and phone number. See below for tips on what to include in your testimony.

4) If you want to provide comments and have us share your voice at the hearing:
You can be as brief as you like. Here's an example: "I <insert name> support Bill 18-70, the "Prohibition Against Human Trafficking Act of 2009"

You have two options:
Option A) Go to , scroll down to the bottom of the page and write a comment in the box. Please include your name and where you live (e.g. DC, VA, or MD)
Option B) Email your comments directly to me ([address removed]). Please include your name and where you live (e.g. DC, VA, or MD)

We will bring your comments with us to the hearing.

Background Information and Talking Points

  • Prohibition Against Human Trafficking Act of 2009 Summary by Polaris Project:
  • Up to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. every year, amid even higher numbers of potential U.S. citizen victims and estimated 200,000 American children are at high risk of being trafficked into the sex industry.
  • Current D.C. law allows modern slave traffickers to get light sentences, which fail to match the severity of their crimes, and even escape punishment completely. These lax laws provide fertile ground to traffickers.
  • The majority of states have passed human trafficking laws, and in 2009 both Maryland and Virginia enacted stronger legislation in their jurisdiction. It is time for D.C. to act.
  • Law enforcement must be trained to identify human trafficking. Victims may be punished (in cases such as prostitution) while the trafficker remains free to continue their criminal operations. Mandatory law enforcement training on identifying human trafficking victims and how to break up trafficking rings would help to end the crime in D.C.

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